Most Covid Restrictions to End
The National Public Health Emergency Team has given the green light to ending most Covid-19 public h...

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Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Ryanair is ramping up its operations ahead of the summer, announcing its largest ever flight schedul...

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Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
Hotels will benefit from the decision to designate March 18 of this year as a Bank Holiday under a n...

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NI Visitors Flock South
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Most Covid Restrictions to End
Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
NI Visitors Flock South


Hoteliers on Trial for Regulations Breach

 Two hoteliers are among four men who have gone on trial in Galway, charged with breaching regulations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The proceedings relate to an event at a hotel in Clifden in August 2020, which took place after an Oireachtas Golf Society outing.stationhouse
Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish, former Fianna Fáil senator, Donal (Donie) Cassidy, along with James and John Sweeney of the Station House Hotel in Clifden are all charged with organising - or causing to be organised - an event that contravened the Health Act as amended by emergency legislation in 2020.
The trial before Judge Mary Fahy is under way at Galway District Court. Prosecution Barrister Eoghan Cole told the court that it was "highly unlikely" that the case would conclude in two days. A number of witnesses due to give evidence yesterday have been unable to physically attend court as a result of the pandemic.
There has been extensive legal argument about the interpretation of regulations and guidelines surrounding gatherings of the kind that took place in Clifden.

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Naas is ‘Cleanest Town’

Naas in Co Kildare has been named Ireland’s cleanest town in a survey of 40 towns and cities.
The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey found litter rose slightly on a national basis in 2020, particularly in cities.naas
Litter from personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the pandemic, such as face masks and disposable gloves was at its highest level since the pandemic began.
Naas finished ahead of Portlaoise and Ennis to record its first win in the yearly rankings.
An Taisce, which carries out the surveys for IBAL, found every location it visited in the Kildare town to be ‘virtually free of litter’.

However, there was a slight drop in the number of clean towns nationwide in 2021, to 22.

Sodexo Manager Awarded €47,552

Sodexo Ireland has been ordered to pay €47,552 to a manager it unfairly dismissed in 2020 through redundancy.sodexo
At the Workplace Relations Commission, adjudicator Patsy Doyle has ordered Sodexo Ireland Ltd to pay the equivalent of 40 weeks gross pay to Integrated Facilities Manager, Terence Varian, after finding that she could not identify a dismissal which arose from a genuine redundancy.
Ms Doyle stated that Sodexo Ireland did not provide her ‘with compelling details of economic, technical or organisational change’, concerning the redundancy.
Ms Doyle did find that Mr Varian ‘played a part in his own demise at the business’. She rejected a request from Mr Varian that he be reinstated as ‘relations between the parties are not redeemable’.
Counsel for Mr Varian, Byron Wade BL told the WRC hearing that Mr Varian had been the subject of a ‘sham redundancy’ when he was dismissed on 9th September 2020.
Mr Varian was on an annual salary of €61,817 plus bonus and in response to the Covid-19 impact on the business, Sodexo Ireland Ltd declared an 11pc reduction of a 2,000 strong workforce across four locations in the months of July, August and September 2020.

Hospitality Survives Traumatic Year

The Irish Hospitality industry begins 2022 as it did 2021- in a state of uncertainty.
While Covid-19 case numbers are soaring, there is nevertheless a hope that the Omicron variant will soon peak and that a gradual decline in infections will beginTI group later this month.
No additional restrictions have been signalled by the Government, but it has nevertheless left the door open for additional controls if the situation deteriorates.
Significantly however, the sector has survived the many traumas of 2021 without imploding. Business failures have been relatively few and the feared collapse of hotel, bars and restaurants has not happened. Survival is principally due to a range of Government supports for both employers and employees which has kept employees on the books and enterprises intact.
There are indications of pent-up demand when, and if, normality returns and already the demand for staff exceeds supply. The greatest challenge facing employers, therefore, is in recruiting talent and retaining staff in light of enhanced competition from other sectors.
Says Micheline Corr of ‘The Firm’:
The past weeks have put huge pressure on hospitality managers, and business are struggling. I took many calls from distressed owners looking for staff over the last few weeks. The disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic has provided all of us the chance to re-evaluate work and its place in our lives; this reflection has led to many resignations and movements across the entire labour market. Hospitality trained candidates are making very considered decisions about who they work for and how, when and where they work. I am delighted to be working with listening companies who are paying attention to the needs and wants of potential talent beyond career opportunity and salary.
Moving into the first weeks of the New Year, we are exceptionally busy hiring hotel and catering managers, and we have a large demand for HR professionals.

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Patrick Bewley - Ireland’s ‘Mr. Coffee’

patrickbewley 002Patrick Bewley, a former managing director of the Bewley’s coffee and tea company who died aged 77 after a long illness, was Ireland’s foremost coffee specialist.
A great grandson of the company’s founder, Joshua Bewley, he was involved in the business for 53 years and was the last member of the Bewley family to be involved in the company.
Ethically-driven in all aspects of his life, he pioneered Fairtrade certified coffee in Ireland in 1996, continuing the company tradition of sustainable and responsible practices.
He also introduced freshly-ground coffee to the hospitality sector by making espresso machines available to hotels, restaurants, bars and caterers in return for an exclusive supply agreement- a practice subsequently adopted by other coffee roasters.

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